long lines forward & back
right left through
ladles allemande right 1½ to a short wave
balance the wave
neighbors allemande left ¾ ⁋
next neighbors allemande right 1½ and ladles turn CW to face in
circle left 2 places
ladles pass by right shoulders
partners balance & swing
First published in "From a Belgian Yankee Caller".
After the allemande right with the next in line in B1, the ladles must, helped by the gentlespoons, sharply turn right into the circle and give left hand to that neighbor and right to their partner to form the circle... The ensuing circle four brings the gentlespoons back to the correct side of the set...
A couple becomes neutral at the end of A2. They rejoin the set at the beginning of B1.
In March 1987 I attended Heiner Fischle's Contra Dance Workshop in Hannover, Germany, with friends Lydia Beyens and Fernand Engels. It was there that I first met Anne Temelmann and Margot Gunzenhauser. We stayed in touch ever since and regularly went to each other's dance activities. Heiner is a Western square dance caller with a definite interest in contras. At his workshop, I picked up some interesting ideas that appear in this dance. The original version, written on March 27 of that year, was revised several times. Two years later, on April 5, 1989, I arrived at this present, satisfying version.
This dance is from William Watson's mirror of American Country Dances On Line
All rights reserved by the author; used by permission.
Added to database 6/4/2000; edited by Russell Owen